Pair of Minangkabau 12 ct. gold wedding armlets (Gelang Gadang) inset with ruby coloured stones
Gold, silver and copper amalgum
Central Sumatra - Minangkabau
Outer diameter 9.5 cm (max), inner 7 cm, weight 2x76.5 gms
c. 1900 or earlier
Collected Sumatra 1982
Excellent but uncleaned, dirty and tarnished (silver content) due to age. A few minor rubies missing.
Totally uncleaned very intricately worked example of Minangkabau wedding jewellery set with numerous small rubies. Registers at 12ct. gold using a Mizar M24 Professional Gold Tester. These armbands would originally have been part of the wedding regalia for a Minangkabau bride, then passed down from mother to daughter (Minagkabau culture is matrilineal). Most probably from the Payakumbu area to the East of Bukit Tinggi. A museum quality pair of bracelets.